Interior design fantasy: a framed silk scarf

As I’ve realized last week, I was never adept with interior design or anything similar to that, but it did not prevent me from having an ultimate design fantasy if ever I get to have my own place — I wanted a framed Hermès scarf. A boy can always dream, right? So when I have acquired a Philippe Ledoux in early 2009 from Ebay, and quickly accepted that it was impractical and ridiculous to use a silk scarf in my everyday life (though I actually used it once), I have safely kept it in my closet for the prospect of framing and hanging it in my future living room or bedroom. But again, it was ruined and damaged beyond repair because of the flood and I no longer have any scarf to frame.

I’ve been always enthralled by the artwork and effort put on silk scarves and I was so amazed to read a post from another blogsite, chronicling how an Hermès scarf is made. It awakened my curiosity over framed silk scarves and Google-ing brought me to Griffin Trading‘s website where I saw a framed La Promenade de Longchamps in the exact colorway I have (albeit undamaged).

A framed 'Promenade de Longchamps' scarf from Griffin Trading

A framed ‘Promenade de Longchamps’ scarf from Griffin Trading

This foray into another design project territory pulled me again into searching local auction sites to see if maybe, just maybe, it would be my lucky day. And fortunately, it was. I was very quick to jump the gun on a red and orange silk scarf for sale by a man from Alabang, that I pleaded if I can meet up with him in Makati just to get the item. I think he had no idea that he just sold a brand new scarf, with unflattened hems, at a significantly low price that he practically gave it away.

That orange Hermès scarf envelope

Hermès 'Astres et Soleils' scarf in red and orange colorway

I normally do not put watermark on my photos but I just don’t want these stolen by crooks and use them to sell a non-existent scarf to potential victims. Anyway, it was an ‘Astres et Soleils‘ scarf by Annie Faivre in red and orange, and according to an online scarf catalogue, this particular colorway was produced in 1994. Imagine, it still looks immaculate even after almost two decades! Well, what do I expect, it has been kept inside its envelope all these years and only the tattered paper showed wear and tear.

Details of Annie Faivre's artwork 'Astres et Soleils' scarf in red and orange colorway for HermèsIt’s interesting that I got to end up with this scarf, whose name translates to ‘Stars and Suns‘. I love astronomy, mythology and world history a lot, and I was just watching documentaries yesterday on YouTube about the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. The former, most especially, is most (in)famous for the December 21, 2012 Doomsday prediction, due to their extensive knowledge of the movements of celestial bodies. In this whimsical artwork, Annie Faivre was inspired by the Mayan civilization before its collapse, with the people engaging in burial, agricultural and other religious rites. Among its various colorways, I’m very pleased to get this red and orange one that highlights the vibrancy of the Mayan life in a tropical rainforest climate.

More than the “where to have it framed?” question, I think I should be focusing more on “how” because I’ve read that they need special UV/museum glass to preserve the color and prevent fading, as well as sewing the scarf on a fabric covered matte. I don’t even know if I can find that special glass here, and who knows how much they will cost! Maybe I can scour vintage and thrift shops to see if I can find an existing frame large enough to hold the scarf, then I will do the framing myself! =)

The year that was — goodbye 2012!

To say that 2012 was eventful was an understatement. A lot of things has happened this year that it is futile to recount all of them one by one. From finishing graduate school, going to Seoul once again, experiencing a natural calamity first hand, etc., all of these has made 2012 a meaningful year.

A lot has been already said about the end of the world on the 21st but it did not happen. To give my last two cents on that overworked story, I think we people of the modern age put too much in store to ‘predictions’ of past civilizations.

Take a chance --- New Year 2013

I have a lot to be thankful for for the past year because it has turned out to be one of the best. If there is one thing I hope to do the following year, that will be having the courage to take a chance. I am fully aware that I am quite comfortable with the mediocrity I’m currently experiencing with my everyday life and I should begin challenging myself. I made a list on last year’s New Year’s Eve of the things I hoped to accomplish for 2012. Out of the seven I have listed down, I was only able to accomplish to get two things done: 1) finish my last semester with specific grades I hoped for; and 2) finish graduate school. These two things were extremely great but I could have done better. So for 2013, I should really work hard in achieving my two language certifications for French and Italian. I already have one for the latter but it was only B1 and the certificate was already lost. I should really get a move on with these things, if I were to consider taking ‘serious chances’ with the months ahead.

I didn’t want this post to sound like a New Year’s resolution post but I also hope to put in more discipline with the things I do. Nothing looks more lousy than a weak-willed person.

Anyway, cheers to 2013 and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to everybody! Bye 2012! You have been generally good to me! <3